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ZEBULON — A ninth-inning grand slam by Wes Rogers brought the Carolina Mudcats within a run but that’s where they stayed in a 7-6 home loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats in a Single-A Carolina League game Wednesday afternoon.
The Mudcats trailed 7-1 in the bottom of the ninth at Five County Stadium before rallying against Lynchburg reliever Jonathan Teaney, all with two outs. Carolina loaded the bases and scored on a wild pitch that allowed Devin Hairston to reach first base after striking out. Rogers then blasted the grand slam, the Mudcats’ first of the season and his first homer of the season. Teaney struck out the next batter, Zach Clark, to end the game.
Juan Hillman (2-4) pitched seven innings to get the win for the Mudcats while Dylan File (4-4) took the loss in going five innings. Gavin Collins cleared the bases with a three-run double in the first inning for Lynchburg. File then gave up a two-run homer to Jose Vicente in the fourth inning and a solo blast to Oscar Gonzalez in the fifth.
The Mudcats will send right-hander Nelson Hernandez to the mound for Thursday’s series finale.